Author(s): Jonathan Swift
The misadventures of Lemuel Gulliver certainly are extraordinary. First he is shipwrecked in a strange land, and finds himself a prisoner of the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput. Then he washes up in Brobdingnag, where the people are giants of extraordinary proportions. Further exploits see him stranded with the scientists and philosophers of Laputa, and meeting a race of talking horses who rule over bestial humans.
One of the finest satires in the English language, Gulliver’s Travels delights in the mockery of everything from government to religion and – despite the passing of nearly three centuries – remains just as funny and relevant today.
This gorgeous Macmillan Collector’s Library edition features the beautiful artwork of the celebrated English illustrator Arthur Rackham, and an afterword by Henry Hitchings.
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Jonathan Swift's inimitable satire accompanied by the timeless illustrations of Arthur Rackham
Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin in 1667. He spent most of his childhood in Ireland until, aged twenty-one, he moved to England, where he found employment as secretary to the diplomat Sir William Temple. On Temple's death in 1699, Swift returned to Dublin to pursue a career in the Church. By this time he was also publishing in a variety of genres, and between 1704 and 1729 he produced a string of brilliant satires, of which Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal are the best known. Between 1713 and 1742 he was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, and he was buried there upon his death in 1745.